Friday, September 26, 2008

Sharp hitting lifts WRHS spikers past Burley

Wolverines grab Great Basin lead

Senior Hanna Gustafson (shown here in a Hailey match) had 12 kills, same as Kaylee Baker, during Tuesday’s four-game Wood River league victory at Burley. Photo by David N. Seelig

It's pretty much of a mish-mash so far in Great Basin Conference West 4A volleyball.

Burley has beaten Minico but has lost to Jerome. On Wednesday in Rupert, Minico held off Jerome in four games. After Wednesday, Minico had one league loss, and Burley and Jerome had two losses apiece.

Nobody seems to want to seize control. Nobody, except the two-time defending Great Basin West champions from Wood River, halfway to a ninth straight 20-win season.

Coach Tim Richards' Wood River girls (10-6, 2-0 league) stayed atop the Great Basin Tuesday night with a big 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-14 road victory at Burley. "We played pretty well," said Richards.

Wood River's hitting production was well distributed, led by seniors Hanna Gustafson (12 kills) and Kaylee Baker (12 kills, 5 stuff blocks for points). Junior Grace Lagodich (9 kills) added to the Wolverine attack.

Richards said, "It shows we were putting the ball away. If we can continue to play together and improve our fundamentals, we should be fine."

Senior setter Haleigh Hall and sophomore setter Jessica Hamilton shared the assists in Wood River's 6-2 attack. Senior Angela Coleman sparked the defense with her digs.

Wood River entertained Minico Thursday night in a Homecoming match on the Hailey hardwoods. Then the Wolverines go to Filer for a tough triangular with the host team and Jerome next Tuesday.

Minico (2004) and Jerome (2005) are the only league teams besides Wood River to win Great Basin titles since the conference was formed in 2004.

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